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03-10-2013, 01:57 PM
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Fishhead
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Originally Posted by losingsand View Post
i'm diggin that muzzin and voynov are picking up doughty's slack. Just wonder how dangerous this team would be if Martinez and Doughty start playing to their offensive potential.

Sure doughthy's still playing a nice game, but he's definitely not playing norris $$ worth.
A key reason Muzzin is scoring is because he is playing with Drew. There is a reason he has so much room out there most of the time, it's because of the respect DD commands.

It's not that DD is slacking, it's that he's playing a very different role. He doesn't jump into the play anywhere near as much as he does with WM on the other side. The fact that he's still on a 40ish point pace (regular season) while concentrating more on defense is impressive enough. That's not even taking into account that he is burning loads of ice time, much of which is during the most difficult situations in games. Right now, he's one of our top defensive defensman (if not the best), and is our most punishing hitter on the back end by far. If he had gotten a few bounces on goals this year, he'd be in the Norris conversation for sure.

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